THE Subaru XV epitomises the modern crossover, combining the virtues of spacious and comfortable hatchback body design, with a raised ride height.
The second generation XV is built on the revolutionary Subaru Global Platform. We had the opportunity to spend some time in the second generation Subaru XV 2.0- i-P, and walked away impressed with the performance and comfort that the crossover offered.
Powering the Subaru XV 2.0i-P is a 2.0-litre direct fuel injection, naturally aspirated Boxer engine hooked to a lineartronic 7-speed CVT transmission, with an output of 154hp at 6,000rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Subaru claims that the XV can sprint from rest to 100kph in 10.7 seconds and has a top speed of 187kph. It has a combined fuel consumption rating of 6.5 litres per 100km.
Standing at 4,465mm in length, 1,800mm in width, 1,615mm in height, with 220mm ground clearance, the XV 2.0 i-P has 385 litres of boot space and 63 litres of fuel tank capacity.
The Subaru XV 2.0 i-P is equipped with auto-leveling LED headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, leather wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone air-conditioning system, aluminium pedals, silver roof rails, 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels, X-Mode function, cruise control, and paddle shifters.
An eight-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument panel info display, front fog lights, LED rear combination lamps, power-adjustable driver’s seat and electronic parking brakes are also part of the equipment list of the 2.0 i-P.
As for the safety aspects of the Subaru XV 2.0 i-P, it is fitted with seven airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, vehicle dynamic control, hill start assist, reverse camera and Isofix childseat mounting points.
The Sunshine Orange Subaru XV 2.0 i-P is priced at RM125,868, excluding insurance. It is covered by a 5-Year or 100,000 km warranty and a 5-Year free labour charged service package.
We find that the Subaru XV 2.0 i-P is a fun and versatile SUV. The design of the new XV is more sporty than its predecessor.
The interior is spacious, simple yet ruggedly designed and comfortable. Fit and finish is excellent, along with the materials used.
We must comment on the informative high-mounted multi-information display located above the eight-inch touchscreen display. It is controlled with the info button located on the left spoke of the steering wheel.
It has a screen that monitors the all-wheel drive system and the degree of body roll of the XV. With a press of a button, it can also display the engine temperature, radiator coolant temperature and average speed of the SUV.
These are just a few examples of what can be displayed on this screen.
The XV’s 2.0-litre direct fuel injection naturally aspirated Boxer engine feels more powerful and responsive than the Forester. The lineartronic 7-speed CVT transmission shifts seamlessly and quickly. The throttle response is linear and smooth, while the brakes have good feel and work well.
On the highway, the XV’s torque kicks in early for more confident overtaking. The well-weighted steering wheel is communicative and it turns in corners precisely. The XV 2.0 i-P could even tackle uneven corners with bad surfaces without losing grip on the road.
The suspension is firm and of medium stiffness, but absorbs most rough and bad road conditions easily.
Space is not an issue for the XV, as it offers the occupants significant headroom, leg and knee room. The bootspace is enough to fit several large shopping bags or even two large ice boxes.
In terms of sound insulation, the XV 2.0 i-P filters most wind, tyre and engine noise during low speed driving. However, engine noise is noticeable during high speed driving.
The eight-inch touchscreen display is simple and straightforward to operate. However, we find it difficult to see under the bright sunlight. Subaru has provided two USB ports for the convenience of charging mobile devices. One is located below the air-conditioning switches, while the other is fitted in the centre armrest storage compartment.
Cruising down the highway below the speed limit, we managed to record 5.8 to 7 litres per 100km. A mixture of highway and city driving resulted in 8.9 to 10.1 litres per 100km. After some aggressive flooring of the throttle, the odometer showed that the car consumed 11.5 to 14.3 litres per 100km.
Overall, the 2017 Subaru XV 2.0 i-P is an amazing SUV to drive, with adequate power and superb handling. However, there are still some areas that the XV could improve on.
The XV should come with powered tailgate, as it is difficult for an average Malaysian woman to reach and close the boot. The Subaru XV should also come equipped with a blind spot warning system to further enhance the safety of the SUV.
Apart from that, it would also be a good idea for the Subaru XV to be equipped with an automatic central locking system that locks the vehicle when the SUV starts to move and unlocks when the engine is turned off. The XV also should come with a rear air-conditioning vent to further enhance comfort for the rear passengers.